The Los Angeles Lakers are approaching the NBA trade deadline lower than expected. As the pressure builds for action, GM Rob Pelinka may have his sights set on Myles Turner.
Reports surfaced in December that the Indiana Pacers are open to a rebuild, whether it’s mobile center Myles Turner or all-star forward Domantas Sabonis. Although a successful deal has yet to materialize, it remains possible that one of the two stars will transfer in February.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, rival teams are stepping up their conversations with Indiana regarding Turner and the Lakers are among the most important teams interested in the NBA block leader.
- Myles Turner Statistics: 13.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.9 bpg, 106 Defensive Note
It’s no surprise that Los Angeles is interested in acquiring Turner. Mid-season, the Lakers are allowing the fifth most paint points per game (49.2). Turner is one of the best inside defensemen in the NBA. It is also excellent for covering up defensive mistakes made by guards when an opponent gets inside.
The Lakers would also welcome Turner’s perimeter shot. He’s averaging a record 1.6 three-pointers per game, hitting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. It would serve as a good addition to LeBron James and a healthy Anthony Davis.
However, it will be difficult for the Lakers to match what other teams can offer. The best Pelinka can hope for is for Indiana to express interest in a Talen Horton-Tucker-centric deal and future draft picks. But the Pacers are likely to get better offers from other teams.
Ultimately, the Lakers are likely to be faced with limited trade options in February, unless a surprise team suddenly takes an interest in Russell Westbrook.